Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
This passage is a continuation of Jesus’ reply to the disciples’ request that He teach them to pray. As you will recall from the last passage (The ‘Lord’s Prayer’) Jesus has demonstrated a model for prayer that is characterized by humility and God’s purpose, and God’s willingness to meet our needs, if not every little whim of desire.
Here Jesus tells a little story to illustrate further; a man needs bread and goes to his neighbor late at night. The neighbor is roused from his bed by the knock on his door and isn’t exactly thrilled about the intrusion on his sleep, and even though he doesn’t want to open up and find the bread, he will do so to preserve his good name.
How much more will our Heavenly Father be willing to meet needs?
So, we should have the audacity to ask!
God will always give us what we really need to accomplish His will. God will also give us what we need to live, so ask, seek, find; don’t just sit there.
As simple and obvious as this is, He wasn’t quite finished yet…